Cobbetts and Halliwells join bespoke LPC bandwagon

Manchester-based Cobbetts and Halliwells have become the first firms in the North West to sign up to bespoke LPCs with the College of Law.

The move means all future Halliwells and Cobbetts trainees will now have to study the LPC+ at the College of Law. The bespoke courses will begin in September 2007.

The move is a snub to rival BPP Law School, which also has a base in Manchester, and places further pressure on Nottingham Law School, which is battling to re-gain premier status after having lost out to BPP and the College of Law in recent years.

As part of that strategy, Nottingham Law School is shortly to launch a new London branch with US professional services company Kaplan, but was recently rocked by the loss of dean Michael Gunn (as first reported on www.thelaywer.com, 21 September).

In 2004, magic circle firms Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Linklaters split from the City LPC consortium to sign with bespoke courses with the College of Law.

A string of other City firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May, signed up exclusively to BPP Law School’s City LPC.

The College of Law’s LPC+ is a hybrid of the bespoke courses designed by A&O, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.